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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion are essential to Skylight Music Theatre’s work.  We strive to realize these core values throughout our organization by:

  • Acknowledging systemic racism, hatred and violence have silenced voices for far too long.
  • Knowing we have much more work to do and committing to actions that increase equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.
  • Presenting a wide range of perspectives in order to inspire dialogue. To listen and recognize contributions from those who have been under-represented and unheard.
  • Using our art form to tell stories that increase understanding and empathy.

We stand together with our community and fellow arts organizations to embrace words and actions that help make the world a better, more empathetic and more accepting place.

We thank our Skylight family of artists and friends for helping us increase diversity through programs such as:

  • Creating the Artists in Action Committee, led by Sheri Williams Pannell and Christie Chiles Twillie.
  • Opening the first-annual Milwaukee Black Theatre Festival with our virtual production From Skylight with Love: A Concert for Unity.
  • Launching the online Artists in Action interview series, which is part of Skylight’s ongoing Skylight Socials, featuring interviews with artists and special guests via Facebook and YouTube.
  • Developing Forgotten Voices: Unearthing the Roots of American Music. Scheduled spring 2021.
  • Creating MKE MaKEs New Musical Works series to present staged readings of three musicals chosen from national submissions by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers and composers. Scheduled February 2022.

Land Acknowledgment

Skylight Music Theatre recognizes that Milwaukee is located on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Lake Michigan, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes. This is where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations are present today. Join us in remembering these nations and the ancestors who were stewards of the land we live on. 

To learn more, please visit these websites:

https://www.bia.gov/frequently-asked-questions

http://www.ncai.org/

https://usdac.us/nativeland